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CLS-X14 Experimental Hops: The Essential Guide

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: July 12, 2024
Before a hop becomes mainstream among brewers across the globe, it goes through an experimental phase. It’s part of the cycle to ensure the best make it to a commercial market. For example, Centennial went through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s breeding program at Washington State University; the wildly popular
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Tangier Hops: The Essential Guide

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: July 10, 2024
Many great hops come from the Pacific Northwest, including old-school greats like Centennial and Cascade, modern hits like Mosaic and Citra, and experimental hops such ...
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10 Most Popular Beers in Ohio for the Last 90 Days

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: June 28, 2024
Whether you run a brewery with a team of two or two hundred, time is of the essence, and focusing on the most integral parts ...
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10 Most Popular Beers in Illinois for the Last 90 Days

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: June 24, 2024
If craft beer brewers across the globe had it their way, a tap listing might be very different than what you see in tasting rooms. ...
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Amplifire™ Fresh Hop Oil: Everything You Need to Know

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: June 12, 2024
We’ve written ad nauseam about improving yield efficiency to help the bottom line. Companies globally are creating a seemingly countless number of hop innovations to ...
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Blonde Ale or Golden Ale: The Keys to Perfecting the Style

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: June 6, 2024
With the summer season, lighter craft beers have gained traction and popularity among brewers and consumers. We’ve written about several more crushable beer styles that ...
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American Pale Ale: Experts Share Secrets to Brew a Great One

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: June 4, 2024
Hop-forward beers dominate the craft beer industry from a consumer perspective, as evidenced by IPAs topping the charts of the latest Untappd Year in Beer. ...
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2024 Australian Hop Report: Everything You Need to Know About Galaxy, Vic Secret

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 31, 2024
There are many wildly popular hops in the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia’s Galaxy, Vic Secret, and Eclipse, to name a few. Brewers in the U.S., ...
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Abstrax Hops Quantum Series: Why Every Brewery Should Have It

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 30, 2024
Numerous companies worldwide are working towards creating products that help make the brewing process more efficient while also saving brewers and brewery owners money. For ...
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Kölsch: Brewers Explain Best Methods to Make a Great One

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By: Giovanni Albanese
Published: May 22, 2024
We’ve covered a number of classic old-world beer styles that originated in Germany—Märzen, helles, Berliner weisse, and schwarzbier—to name a few. With hundreds of years ...
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